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Considerations and Practical Tools for Working with Survivors of Sexual Violence and Trafficking
Learn about the reality of sexual violence, trafficking and genital mutilation for displaced persons today

2-2.5 hours





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Displacement and forced migration can put displaced persons at increased risk for abuse, neglect, and violence. Moreover, they often encounter problems accessing support and services. This course looks at the specific considerations and practical tools required to work with survivors of sexual violence and trafficking who have experienced displacement.


This course aims to provide an overview of working with survivors of sexual violence and trafficking who experience displacement and forced migration. It offers practical tools to help rehabilitation professionals work with these individuals.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Working with Survivors of Sexual Violence or Sexual Trafficking
  2. Practical Tools for Working with Displaced Persons with Trauma

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 2-2.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.9 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • explain the prevalence of sexual violence
  • describe the consequences of sexual violence and female genital mutilation
  • discuss why sexual violence occurs in conflict settings
  • explore practical strategies to calm the response of the nervous and limbic systems in displaced persons who have experienced sexual violence
Featured reviews
This is an important and very sensitive topic to discuss. The Physioplus team did an amazing job to cover all the situations to rehabilitate and facilitate individuals who survive these extreme and harsh conditions. Thank you PHYSIOPEDIA and PHYSIOLPLUS for providing such an amazing platform to enhance our knowledge at home.
Hashir Siddiqui
It was a very impactful learning experience! I am optimistic that my skills as a clinician will remarkably improve with the acquired approaches/techniques incorporated into my practice. I look forward to implementing these techniques and assessing their outcome in my practice and with displaced/asylum seekers/general client populations.
Nancy Gloria Ayugi
I sincerely thank Plus for broadening my knowledge on gender-based sexual violence and its consequences both for male and female victims.
Meribe Uchenna Lucy
An absolute must-take course. Besides the practical examples, it addresses sensitive issues straightforwardly and scientifically, significantly contributing to our understanding and improvement in practice.
Miguel Cerna
Exercise Therapist
El Salvador